Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense. And when it comes to the weather, your best defense for dealing with those roughest days is to be prepared for them way in advance. Because, according to The Weather Channel, we can expect a total of 14 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes throughout this coming season running from June 1st to November 30th. And with these 3 devices, you’ll be ready for any emergency long before the levee breaks this hurricane season.
What to Buy Before the Levee Breaks
Because you’ll need more than flashlights and water bottles to survive the storm, we’ve hand selected three smart items that’ll provide you with extra protection, an additional watch guard, and a view into the future.
If a storm rolls through strong enough to disturb the powerlines, you’d like for all of your electronics to not get fried, right? With Tripp Lite’s Surge Protector Power Strip, you’ll be able to survive this electrical irregularity and get plugged in again with no death to your devices.
That’s because the Tripp Lite offers AC power suppression rated at 2160 joules (more joules mean more protection) to reliably shield your equipment from voltage surges and line noise. In doing so, it’s not only protecting your computer and other electronics, but the environment and your wallet as well. In fact, the ECO-SURGE power strip offers a unique switch that allows users to select wattage – making it the only green surge suppressor compatible with all PCs, notebooks, and netbooks.
>The power strip itself offers 8 total outlets, protection for a single network data line, an 8-foot cord with a space-saving angled plug, and diagnostic LEDs to warn of wiring problems and suppressor damage. And there’s even integrated child-safety outlet covers safely seal off unused outlets. The energy-saving outlet configuration also reduces energy waste (phantom loads) by automatically cutting AC power to unused peripherals. Simply plug your devices into the appropriate “Power Save” and “Always On” outlets, and you’ll instantly start saving up to $40 per year on electric bills with its innovative green outlet array. This power strip also comes paired with a Lifetime Warranty and $150,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance for all connected devices, literally putting Tripp Lite’s money where its mouth is.
In one compact, cost-effective unit, the Tripp Lite provides comprehensive protection for computer setups and all electronics. Simply flip the switch to match your device, and protect it from the storm.
Now, let’s say that a large storm does blow in and do some minor destruction to your home – perhaps the wind knocks a tree down onto your roof or flings a trashcan through your window. The new goal then becomes one of damage control. And if anything catches on fire or if your gas pipes spring a leak, then you’d want to know as soon as possible. And with the First Alert Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Combo Alarm, you’ll have some heads-up assistance to help you out.
This device creates wireless connections with other smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home with the simple press of a button. As a result, when one alarm sounds, they all sound – providing you early warning of danger and allowing you to plan a path for the safest exit. But that’s not all. The exclusive voice warning feature will tell you which of the 11 pre-programmed locations is harboring the detected danger of a smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide hazard. And when the loud, 85dB alarms sound, they will literally say phrases such as, “Warning. Evacuate. Smoke in basement,” with all the other interconnected alarms echoing the same warning.
The alarm includes an electrochemical sensor for accurate carbon monoxide detection. Paired with that is its photoelectric, smoke-sensing technology that’s especially sensitive to slow, smoldering fires – which reduces the number of nuisance alarms often caused by cooking smoke or shower steam. It also features an easy silence/test button, a low-battery warning, side-load battery drawer and end-of-life signal for easy replacement. And its reliable, secure, wireless communication network operates on 3 channels of 914 MHz radio frequencies, so it will not interfere with other electronics.All of this is backed by a 7-year, limited warranty – let’s just hope that you never need to use it.
Now whenever you watch the weather, there’s likely always a little distrust with any forecast’s accuracy – especially for your individual home – mainly because the atmosphere is constantly in flux. But with the Netatmo, you’ll have a weather station of your own that constantly monitors the weather conditions surrounding your home.
The Netatmo Weather Station takes armchair meteorology to the next level. Its modules are capable of monitoring things like temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, carbon dioxide, and even noise levels – both inside and outside of the home. And with the rain and wind gauges available for additional purchase, you can gather even more atmospheric data to analyze at your fingertips.
The outdoor sensor is water-resistant, and the module runs on two AAA batteries that will keep things powered for a year. And since the Netatmo gathers the detailed data and shares it via a Wi-Fi connection, that means you’ll be able to monitor all of it on your phone, tablet, or computer from anywhere, at any time, with real-time notifications and graphs of data history. It will also automatically send you an alert in the case of a “Special Weather Event” near your home – letting you know when it is to begin, and end as well.
This device is especially useful if you live in a rural area, where location-specific weather information can be hard to come by, or if you need to monitor the conditions in something specific like a cabin or second home. And add in full-scale integration with Apple’s HomeKit or the popular online automation service IFTTT to make the most of this gathered data, and you’re suddenly looking at one of the most well-connected weather trackers on the consumer market.
At its core, Netatmo is real-time weather information that matters to you, because it’s gathered right at your doorstep. It’s like having your own, little weatherman – forecasting just for you.
So as you’re packing your emergency preparedness supply kit this summer, be sure to include these 3 vital items. Because you never know what may be rolling through on the waves and winds of the storm, and one of these smart pieces of technology might just save your life.